Kansas City Sports team presently include the Kansas City
Chiefs of the NFL's American Conference Western Division; The Kansas City
Royals, of MLB's American League Central; The MLS's KC Wizards; the MISL's
KC Comets; and the ABA's KC Knights.
Past teams include NBA's Kings (Sacramento Kings), IHL's Blades, NHL's
Scouts (New Jersey Devils), MLB's Athletics (Oakland Athletics), the Negro
American League's Kansas City Monarchs, and the Kansas City Outlaws of
the United Hockey League.
Kansas City Royals
The Kansas City Royals are a Major League Baseball team based in Kansas
City, Missouri. They are in the Central Division of the American League.
The Kansas City Royals were purchased as an expansion franchise by pharmaceutical
magnate Ewing Kauffman in 1968 and played their first season the following
Kansas City Chiefs
The team is owned by Lamar Hunt, who founded the team along with their
original league, the American Football League, in 1960. The Dallas Texans,
as they were known then, defeated the Houston Oilers in a dramatic 1962
AFL championship which went into double overtime. The Dallas Texans moved
to Kansas City in 1963. The name, "Chiefs" was selected by a
fan contest, and is derived from the then-Mayor of Kansas City, H. Roe
Bartle. Bartle was the founder of the Native American-based honor society
known as The Tribe of Mic-O-Say within the Boy Scouts of America organization,
which earned him the nickname, "The Chief," and was instumental
in persuading Lamar Hunt to move his team to Mid-America. It is said that
Hunt actually considered keeping the team name as it was, and playing
as the "Kansas City Texans."
Kansas City Wizards
The Kansas City Wizards are Kansas City, Missouri's Major League Soccer
(MLS) club. The Wizards won the MLS Cup in 2000, and the Lamar Hunt U.S.
Open Cup in 2004. They are owned by Lamar Hunt, who also owns the Kansas
City Chiefs, F.C. Dallas and the Columbus Crew. On December 9, 2004 Hunt
announced plans to sell the team following the 2005 season. They were
known as the Kansas City Wiz in 1996. Their home field is Arrowhead Stadium,
which they share with the Chiefs. The team's official supporters' group
is called the Mystics.
Kansas City Knights
The Kansas City Knights is an American Basketball Association (ABA) team
based in Kansas City, Missouri.The team began play in the fall of 2000.
The team plays in the Kemper Arena. The Knights won the 2001-02 ABA championship.
Kansas City will also be the home of an Arena Football League team by
2006. To date, this team will be the first team to play at the new Sprint
Center when it opens in 2007.